One of our very own Public Education Network representatives had a house fire this year and is experiencing firsthand the complexity and devastation of a post-blaze situation. After his own home caught on fire, Tim Szymanski, public information officer for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, says he will have more empathy for victims of house fires.
“I’ve never had to go through this mess before. Unless you’ve experienced a home fire, you have no idea about all the hoops -- the insurance and the accommodations -- it’s very complex. A whole different world than seeing it from the outside.”
The next time Szymanski arrives at a house fire, he knows what he is going to do differently. “For one, I’m going to have even more empathy than I’ve had in the past,” he said.
Szymanski knew he had the opportunity for a teaching experience. “When I’m not dealing with the media, I’m out in public and at schools, instructing the public how to be safe.” Tim invited the media into his home so they could see the aftermath of a house fire. He used this time with the media to share fire safety messages.